Spunk Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What do Elijah's friends call him?

2. What conclusion does the court come to in Chapter 2?

3. What is Spunk's last name?

4. Why does Elijah think Spunk is seeing Lena?

5. Why do Walter and Elijah feel sorry for Joe?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is your favorite character in Chapter 1? Why?

2. At what point does Spunk become paranoid that Joe is haunting him? How does this relate to his occupation?

3. What is fascinating about Spunk? In finishing Chapter 1, what do you predict will happen to him?

4. What is the wake for Spunk like?

5. What is the climax of Hurston's story?

6. Describe the events leading up to the end of Chapter 1 and the confrontation between Joe and Spunk.

7. How does Joe react when Spunk seduces Lena? Do you think he would have reacted differently if Spunk had not been so intimidating?

8. How does Spunk's occupation seem to be appropriate for his character?

9. Describe how Spunk dies in Chapter 4.

10. When Joe enters the store in Chapter 1, how is he treated?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Which character in Hurston's book is most likable? Why? Which character do you like the least? What is it about that particular character that causes you to dislike him or her?

Essay Topic 2

How does Hurston incorporate the concept of man versus self in the novel? Which character do you think is the best example of man versus self, and why?

Essay Topic 3

How would you describe the development of the relationship between Lena and Spunk? Why do you think Lena becomes so quickly attached to him? What benefits do both characters derive from the relationship?

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